TOM WARD - Turn up political heat for better government

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Clearly, Rhode Island’s political leaders are on defense. The people are on the offense. Keep it up. On Sunday, a very odd thing happened. Gov. Gina Raimondo wrote a commentary piece in the Sunday... more

ARLENE VIOLET - R.I.’s economic ‘madness’

What is apparent to everyone except certain members of the legislature are the following matters: • General Assembly grants have to go the way of the Dodo bird. Without question they are used to keep... more

Letters to the Editor

Let free market pick R.I. winners

A recent Brown University public opinion survey found that only 31 percent of Rhode Islanders believed that Gov. Gina Raimondo was doing an excellent or good job as Rhode Island’s chief executive. A... more

Greater Smithfield Relay for Life gives thanks

The Relay For Life of Greater Smithfield would like to thank the following for helping us put on a successful Family Fun Day/Relay For Life event on May 21 at Deerfield Park: Courtenay Needham, Ronda... more

Resident questions candidate declaration

I have just perused with interest the most recent edition of The Valley Breeze & Observer and in it the declaration of candidacy for District 53, State of Rhode Island House of Representatives by... more

Don’t blame seniors for today’s mess!

Many seniors may have already read this article elsewhere (the author is unknown), but others will still appreciate re-reading it because it truly describes our country’s existing situation. Read on... more

Benefits of turbine project outlined

Wind Energy Development writes in response to the editorial “Still Too Many Questions on Wind Turbine” from May 11. We ask the community to please consider this proposal in all of its context. Our... more

‘Tax cut’ money shorts OPEB benefits – again

Don’t you hate discussing finances? Politicians rely on that, so they use the budget to do things they shouldn’t and hope you won’t notice. Ordinance 10 O 46 passed in June 2010 authorized the... more

Autopsy a horse, but not Supreme Court justice?

Last Saturday at Pimlico raceway on Preakness day, the horse Homeboykris dropped dead after winning the first race and an autopsy was ordered. However, when U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia... more

Liquor license too close to church?

There is a state law that prohibits the granting of a liquor license within 200 feet of a church. This applies to the whole state, although there may be at least one city that has 500 feet. State Rep... more

Small things done with love

It was difficult to read your article “A fighting chance” about the wonderful work that Rich Gingras and his team are doing for those with Parkinson’s without a small lump in the throat. I’m... more

Thanks for answering St. Gabriel’s Call

Thank you to all who supported the St. Gabriel’s Call Collection for Expecting Mothers in Need at St. John Vianney Parish, Cumberland. Your generosity will make a difference in the lives of many... more

Slow down! Save a life

Enough. Stop all the speeding, tailgating, red light/stop sign running and other careless behaviors behind the wheel. Stop using our residential streets and parking lots as drag strips. With the... more